March 2nd, 2015

CECILWOOD 2015: Teenage Moviemakers Unite!

Cecilwood teaser 2015You can make anything. Think about that. You just write it, film it, edit it, and it exists. A story that had never been told before is now a reality. You did that. You took something abstract and foggy from your head and brought it to life with a little style and some heart and now it’s a permanent thing. Friends and family watched it, applauded, and gobbled popcorn beside you. You heard a stranger say, “That was cool.” You might have even won the grand prize. Doesn’t that sound like a good way to kick-off the springtime? Doesn’t that sound like hard work well spent?

It’s Cecil County Public Library’s 6th annual festival of short films! This year’s theme is “Time Is Running Out!” Participants must tell a story about a person, place, or thing where time is an essential element to the plot. You can do a comedy, an animation, a drama, a documentary, or an action scene (just to name a few). Film-loving directors between 11 and 17 years old must register at any CCPL branch by March 31st before they may submit a film. The film submission deadline is April 30th. Some or all of the films will be publicly screened at Elkton Central Library on Thursday, May 7th at 6:30PM, but remember—you must submit your film on a flash drive with all the pertinent paperwork! Contact any branch for more information or click here. Gift cards will be awarded for first, second, and third places, as well as an “Editor’s Choice Award” compliments of the Cecil Whig.

Mr. Matt’s recommended reading: “Digital SLR video and Filmmaking for Dummies”, “Filmmaking For Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts”, “Story” by Robert McKee, “How To Make Animated Films” by Tony White, “Acting For Young Actors” by Mary Belli, and “Picture Yourself Directing a Movie” by Eric Nicholas.

Good luck, now go forth and film greatness!


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February 24th, 2015

CCPL named 1 of 15 library finalists for the 2015 National Medal

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This is a very special time for Cecil County Public Library, our Board and staff.  For the second time in just two years, CCPL is a finalist for the nation’s highest honor presented to libraries that are making a profound positive difference in their communities.  CCPL is the only library or museum in Maryland among the finalists.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the federal agency that provides leadership for libraries and museums at the national level. Their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.  Each year, IMLS selects a group of 15 libraries and 15 museums as finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and highlights their work for two months before selecting 10 recipients of the IMLS annual medal.

CCPL is honored to have been selected as a finalist for the IMLS medal for 2015.  We are celebrating and hope all of Cecil County will celebrate with us!  We are your community library!

Although CCPL is not a very big library like some of the other finalists (which include Los Angeles and Brooklyn Public Libraries!), our services are having a major impact in Cecil County.  We strive to live our mission every day by providing lifelong educational and cultural opportunities and resources for all and actively promoting individual and community success.  We have developed library educational and economic development services and outreach programs that address critical community needs and promote opportunity for all Cecil’s citizens. Over the past few years, we have also developed specialized services for veterans who are staying at the Perry Point VA Medical Center so that they can become more successful in their careers and lives after they have left the military.

We are involved in the community; we listen and learn from you, and step up whenever we can use our resources, skills, and talents to make progress in our county.  We touch the lives of tens of thousands of our citizens.  A video can be worth a thousand words about the impact of CCPL’s work.  Check out these short CCPL videos about our work with innovative solutions for school success and small business.

The world is a crazy place and as a nation, state, and community, it seems there is always a lot to worry about.  But, once again, let’s put that aside over the next couple months to celebrate this Cecil County success story—the national recognition of your public library!  Visit CCPL branches, shake a librarian’s hand, scroll through the programs and services listed on our website, join the Friends of the Library, thank elected officials for supporting the library, tell friends, neighbors, parents and children, teens and entrepreneurs about your library!  And on Wednesday, March 18, when Cecil County Public Library will be featured on the IMLS Facebook page, we hope you will post your CCPL experiences to share with the nation.  Cecil County—America is watching, and they are impressed!


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